Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Saturday




It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 24th, the 267th day of 2011. There are 98 days left in the year.

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Lightning beat up Panthers.

Support flows in for Simmonds after incident.

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Banned Books Week starts today.

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2011-12 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's and Women's College Hockey Polls Set to Begin
Men's and Women's Division I Preseason Polls to Be Released Sept. 26 and 27

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced its 2011-12 schedule for the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's and Women's College Hockey Polls that will be released throughout the upcoming season. The men's preseason poll will come out Monday (Sept. 26) followed by the women's preseason poll on Tuesday (Sept. 27).

With some exceptions, the men's poll will be released each Monday, while the women's poll will be available each Tuesday. Polls will be published online at usahockey.com and usatoday.com, as well as in USA Today.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Polls are conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. They include input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I men's ice hockey conferences and the four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

The men's poll is entering its 17th year after the first poll was distributed at the start of the 1995-96 season, while the women's poll enters its 15th year, after beginning in 1997-98.

NOTES: The men's poll will take a one-week hiatus following the Sept. 26 preseason poll, before returning Oct. 10. The poll will then be released every Monday, with the exception of Dec. 26 and April 2 ... The women's poll will be distributed each Tuesday from Sept. 27-March 20, with the exception of Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.

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Sarah Knauss was born on this date in 1880. She was the world's oldest person when she died at 119 years old on December 31, 1999.

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No problems with being number two.

Another Rider sell-out!

Fantuz officially ruled out against B.C.

The two hottest teams in the CFL meet today, when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the B.C. Lions. The Riders, who trail B.C. by two points in the West, have won three straight, while the Leos have won four straight. The game, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, starts at 4:00pm EDT. Listen link is on the right side of this blog. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and ESPN3.com.

The view from Regina: Lions remain Riders' focus.

The view from Vancouver: Khalif Mitchell: Tickling the ivories saved his career.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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Today is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.

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Costly victory: Calvillo injuredm in win over Esks.

Pierce proving his mettle one injury at a time.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Innergize Day is today.

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The Oregon State Beavers look to avoid an 0-3 start tomorrow, when they host the 1-2 UCLA Bruins. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm EST. Mike Parker, Jim Wilson and Ron Callan have the call on 860 KPAM and the Beaver Sports Network. Listen link is on the right side of this blog.

The view from Corvallis: UCLA has been tough to beat over the years.

The view from Los Angeles: Bruins remember last trip to Oregon State.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.

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Puncuation Day is today. (Linky Link)

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week two results:

Week 2
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 18th
At Detroit 48, Kansas City 3
At Buffalo 38, Oakland 35
Tampa Bay 24 at Minnesota 20
At New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
Baltimore at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland 27 at Indianapolis 19
At NY Jets 32, Jacksonville 3
At Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0
At Washington 22, Arizona 21
Green Bay 30 at Carolina 23
Dallas 27 at San Francisco 24
San Diego at New England 4:15 PM
Houston 23 at Miami 13
At Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
At Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31

Monday, September 19th
At NY Giants 28, St. Louis 16

Week 3
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 25th
Houston at New Orleans 1:00 PM
NY Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Carolina 1:00 PM
New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 PM
NY Jets at Oakland 4:05 PM
Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 PM
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 PM
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM
Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 PM
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Monday, September 26th
Washington at Dallas 8:30 PM

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Family Health and Fitness Day USA is today.

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All kids love cotton candy!

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Today is Fish Amnesty Day.

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ST PETERSBURG, Fl. -- Friday night hurt.

Tampa Bay's hopes to slingshot its way into the postseason grew more remote after coming out flat following an 11-game road trip and taking a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

Before Friday night's game even started, the Rays knew the Red Sox had been rained out in their first game of a three-game weekend series at Yankee Stadium. So the collective thought bubble hovering over the head of every Rays player was "1 1/2 games," which is what the margin would have been between the Rays and Wild Card-leading Boston, had the Rays managed to win.

Instead, the loss dropped the Rays to 2 1/2 back with just five games remaining in their season. The Rays have now lost four of their last five games after winning 11 of their previous 15.

Read the rest here.

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Today is National Public Lands Day.

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PHOENIX, Az. -- The Giants tried to immerse themselves in their own silence, as if that would quiet the harsh reality of defeat.

But the raucous cheers of the Chase Field crowd, celebrating Arizona's 3-1 victory over San Francisco that clinched the National League West title for the D-backs, could be clearly heard in the visitors' clubhouse. Though the Giants remained virtually mute as they showered, dressed and ate, the fans' bellowing bathed them in unwelcome noise and confirmed what had just happened.

Officially, the Giants still have a faint chance to reach the postseason. They trail Wild Card-leading Atlanta by five games with five to play. But the combination of circumstances required for the Giants to forge a tie by Game No. 162 on Wednesday is almost impossible. For all intents and purposes, Friday night's outcome dashed the Giants' hopes of repeating as World Series champions.

Read the rest here.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day is today.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - The Elvis Presley single "Jailhouse Rock" was shipped.

1977 - The first Elvis Presley convention took place in Memphis, TN.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" hit #18 in the U.S.

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "The Sun Years" hit #31 in the U.K.

1998 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2002 - The tribute album "Elvis - 30 #1 Hits" was released. It was the first Elvis Presley album to debut at the top of the U.S. charts. The album also set a record by debuting at #1 in 17 territories.

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This is R.E.A.D. in America Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1984 - Paul McCartney released "No More Lonely Nights."

2002 - Yoko Ono began testifying against Frederic Seaman in a lawsuit she had filed in 1999. Seaman was accused of violating confidentiality agreements and profiting by stealing momentos and selling them to collectors after the death of John Lennon.

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"Roses and Drums" was heard on WABC in New York City on this date in 1933. It was the first dramatic presentation for radio.

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Today in Sports History:

1934 - Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

1937 - The NHL Board of Governors introduced legislation that discouraged "icing" during the League's semi-annual meeting. The new rules would cause a face-off in the defending zone if a team shot the puck all the way down the ice without scoring a goal.

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1940 - Jimmie Foxx hit his 500th career home run.

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.

1989 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on the 15th Anniversary Special of "Saturday Night Live."

1987 - The Detroit Tigers clinched their first playoff berth since 1987.

2006 - The Atlanta Braves were eliminated from the MLB playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Mass Maple Leafs 9:10am EDT

Pac-12 College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs New York Apple Core 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Boston Bandits 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs South Shore Kings 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 4:15pm EDT

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That's all for another day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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